Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thankful Thursday

I can't believe it's been almost a year since I wrote a post such as this one. That has to change... Life has been crazy busy the past 8 months and so much has gone on. I'm planning on getting back to blogging if it is only to come in once a week and share the amazing things God has done for us. Which, in all honesty, that's why I do this anyway. To share what awesomeness God is doing in and around us.

So, without further ado....

860. I'm thankful for coffee and for the little wall flower thingy's from Bath and Body Works that know I love coffee.

861. I'm thankful for the AMAZING services we've been having at church for this past several months. It has been unreal what God is doing in our church and our community. In our individual lives and the changes I've seen personally. God is still in the business of healing, saving, restoring, refining, and renewing!

862. I'm thankful that God has blessed me with two amazing boys! Yes. One of them may be over 6-feet tall, but he is still a little boy at heart. I love these two and the relationship they are building this year. It has been awesome to watch them over the past several months as Boo Bear is growing into a young man and as Daddy is helping him. 

863. I'm thankful for celebrating another birthday with this kiddo. He's growing up entirely too fast for Mama's heart and I almost can't keep up. 

864. I'm thankful for God's call on my life and that even when I thought I had wasted it, nothing is wasted. God still has a call and still has a plan, even when we fail to see it or don't catch on quite as soon as we should. He doesn't waste any experiences we go through and can use them for His glory. 

865. I'm thankful for fun ink pens with bright colors that can help make writing fun. Even when I don't want to and my hand says, no thanks! 

866. I'm thankful for the blessing of the books I need to finish my schooling, all the way through. Thank you to the one who blessed me with them and you know who you are! 

867. I'm thankful for friendships that can stay connected no matter how many miles are between us. 
868. I'm thankful for adventures coming up soon and some time away with family that is much needed!

869. I'm thankful for a team that I call family. That we work together in practice and on Sunday morning. That we lift each other up in prayer, give encouragement too and love. Faces change and people are moved down different paths, but that love and connection stays the same. Thank you Father for such an amazing privilege you've allowed me to sing and worship with this group! 

What are you thankful for this week? Share in the comments below! 


Monday, July 23, 2018

Cave Tools Review: Grill Pan

I have done reviews for Cave Tools before and they have fantastic products. This new addition is no different. This is a Stainless Steel Grill Pan that allows you to cook a variety of items without the fear of losing them in the grates. Let's face it. When you think of grilling, you don't typically think of cooking your eggs on the grill, do you?

With this grill pan, you can do just that and so much more. This grill pan allows you to cook a variety of items such as vegetables, eggs, meat and more without worrying about losing part of your meal into the charcoal or gas grill.

This pan is specially made to offer perfect grill marks for those steaks and chicken that you want to char without them getting stuck to the grates. You can use this pan on a gas or charcoal grill and get perfectly cooked food every time.

When you're looking for a healthier way of cooking your food, grilling is typically what comes to mind first. It gives you a great flavor without the added fat or oils that typically are used in cooking on the stove or in the oven. Grilling your food gives it a great taste and it allows you to get rid of some of the fat while cooking.

This grill pan is made of a durable stainless steel material. You can tell from the moment you pick the item up that it is solid and made of a long-lasting material to cook all your food for years to come. This is a great item to take with you camping so that you can cook every meal right there at your campsite.

The pan itself has handles on three sides so that you do not have to worry about losing your food when transporting it into the house.

It offers ample cooking space to make sure you can easily get all your items cooked and finished at the same time. No more trying to time the inside side dishes to the outside meat you have cooking. You can do it all in one place and reduce the pans and pots you have to use. It's so easy to use this for cooking your favorite steak and veggie dinner on a Friday night.

I'm very thankful that Cave Tools offered me the opportunity to check out this amazing pan! I recommend you try it out for yourself! If you're a camping family or a grilling family, this is a great product to add to your arsenal of cooking tools. It can help you get the entire meal done in one place while enjoying time with your friends and family.

They also provided a special code for my readers should you want to buy this item. Use this code to receive 15% off your purchase of this amazing pan: GRILLPAN15

Thank you to Cave Tools for this review opportunity and let me know if you've ever used something like this before in the comments below!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Cave Tools Chicken Wing and Leg Rack Review

If you've hung around here long enough, you know that we love to cook and my hubby is the "Grillmaster". We love trying out new recipes and new gadgets to make that even easier to do! Gadgets not only make your life easier, they are also fun to incorporate into the kitchen. And if you have a guy in your life that loves to grill or cook, these types of things make great gift ideas (Father's day or Christmas anyone?).

I've reviewed other products before from Cave Tools and this one is another great asset to have in your grilling arsenal.

Introducing the Chicken Wing and Leg Rack. This rack is perfect for the grill or your smoker to ensure even cooking of these bone in pieces that can sometimes be hard to get even. Let's face it. Cooking chicken with the bone in tastes better but can be a real hassle when you're trying to time the rest of the meal and ensure the chicken is done completely all the way through. This rack makes it easy to not only cook your chicken to perfection, it also makes it easy to get your veggies done as well!

This chicken rack offers the capacity to cook 12 drumsticks at a time. You can also cook 12 wings or thighs all together. This works well in the oven too if you're not wanting to fire up the grill or smoker. The legs on the rack are very sturdy and lock into place so there's no worry of it tipping over and losing your chicken in the process.

The drip pan that you see on the rack in the photo above helps to catch all those yummy juices and fats that will come out of the chicken during the process. This is a perfect place to throw some veggies or to collect the juices to make your favorite gravy to go along with your homecooked meal. One of our favorite recipes to use for chicken pieces such as legs and thighs is to rub them with olive oil and some of our favorite Cajun seasoning. It makes the meat delicious with a crispy skin on the outside. Lip smacking good!!! 

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You can use a variety of recipes with your Chicken rack and if you're at a loss for what to do, just check out the awesome downloadable cookbook that comes with your rack as a bonus! You'll be able to experiment and find all your families new favorites with this easy to use gadget. 

So, I know some of you out there are probably like my husband. His tools and gadgets HAVE to be able to be washed in the dishwasher. If he's going to use it, he wants clean up to be simple and fast. Great news! This product and many of the Cave Tool products just like it are dishwasher safe!

You can purchase the item on Amazon or on the Cave Tools website. You can use the coupon code: WING 15 to get 15% off of your purchase of the rack itself.

If you're interested in this or other grilling/kitchen gadgets, I highly recommend checking on Cave Tools. They offer great products that truly do what they say they will do.

So share with me... what's your favorite kitchen accessory that is a must-have?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

ABC's of God: The Letter "B"

This week's post is on the letter "B" and what words come to mind when we think of God. There were many great ones again this time when I requested "b" words and some of them, again, blew me away.

I love doing this as sometimes I get "writers block" and can't think of words. It's always wonderful to hear what others have to share, what God means to them, what their testimonies are.

So, if you have some other B words to add to this list, please share them in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you on your favorite B word to describe God or even what your word for "C" would be as it's coming up next!


So, here we go!

Big
One person shared that God is BIG. He is. He can provide all your needs and even your wants. He is all powerful, all knowing, all wonderful! There's nothing impossible with God.

Benevolent
This is meant as kind and well meaning towards others. God thinks good thoughts towards you and everything that happens, even the not pleasant things, are for your good. God has great and wonderful plans for you!

Beacon
This was one of my favorites! God is a beacon to all who are lost and wondering in this world. A bright light calling to come and find rest, peace, hope, and a future.

Better
Another of my favorites! God and life with God is better than anything this world has to offer!

Other Popular "B" Words
Other words that were shared multiple times include:

  • Beautiful
  • Bountiful
  • Bold
  • Brilliant
  • Baffling ( in a good way, as in He never ceases to Amaze and shock you)
  • Blessing
  • The beginning
  • And there were lots more!
When you stop and think about it, there are just so many words that can describe God and how amazing He is. God loves you. He died for you and He wants you to know the resurrecting power, grace, and peace that He has for you. 

Share with me your favorite word to describe God that starts with a B. Keep on the lookout for the C list next week!!! 


Monday, March 12, 2018

ABC's of God

I have been thinking and praying for some time now. One thing that has been on my mind was my blog and how I could continue using it to share the light of Christ with others. So, enter this blog series. I am setting out to do the ABC's of God. Words that go throughout the alphabet describing our Father or verses that we can relate to that particular letter.

So, this week I asked my friends on Facebook what they would use to describe God with the letter "A". There were several wonderful words that everyone contributed. Words that I hadn't even thought of and that's one reason I asked!
Many people said the "A" word that comes to mind is awesome, amazing, adored, and almighty. While all of these are so true and so very wonderful, I picked a few of my favorites to share today with you!

So here are the "A" words to describe God.
Authority
He has all authority over everything. 
Job 42: 2 
"I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted"

Agape

This means the " highest form of love , charity". There's no greater love than this type of love and there's no greater love than the love the Father has for us. Jesus laid His life down for us. He came from Heaven to become sin for us, He who knew no sin at all. 

John 15:3 " Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends"

Accessible
God is not some high and lofty king that you can not approach. He is not hidden and He's not sitting far away. He is accessible to you in prayer, daily devotion, and the Word. He is always waiting to listen to you and hear your prayers. You have access to His throne room, His grace, His mercy all because of His son Jesus. When He gave His life on the cross, the veil was torn that kept everyone from entering into the most holy place. He gave us access to approach the throne, to receive grace and forgiveness, and to live eternally with God. We don't have to have someone do it for us. We can come to the Father and He's always there waiting for you. 

Romans 5:2 "through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God."

ALL
He's all we ever need. He provides everything we need and listens to the desires of our hearts. He is like a Father with a child, who wants to give good gifts to his children. We must put Him first in our lives and then everything else will follow along. Will there be difficult times? Yes. But God...

Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding: In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

Other Words
Here are a few of the other words suggested: 
Adonai, Abba, and Authentic. 

What words that start with A would you use to describe God? Comment below your favorite "A" word and share your thoughts. What do you think about the ones mentioned? Can you think of more?





Friday, December 29, 2017

My Word for 2018 Is...

 A new year is almost upon us. 2017 has come and is almost gone. Where does the time go? We have had a wonderful year with some crazy experiences.

We lived through our first major hurricane since we've moved to the Sunshine state. That was quite a nerve-wracking experience that I hope we don't face again anytime soon. However, we know it will happen, just not sure how long between experiences. You can read about it here.

We have had lots of adventures and exciting things that happened with our family. Trips to visit new parks, places, and people. Just a great year in retrospect. I am thankful for all that God did this year and can't wait to see what He does in the new year.

With that in mind, I have prayed about a word for my theme for the year. There are dreams and goals I'm pursuing and some of them are lingering over from this current year. I hadn't really had any inspiration as to what my word for the year would be. I wasn't sure where God was headed this year. I was kind of floundering wondering if anything would sincerely stand out as that was my year for...

However, Christmas came. A dear friend of mine gifted me a beautiful journal/notebook this year and it happened. Inspiration came from the cover of the book and her amazing note inside.

Do you see it? It's standing out to me like a bright shiny beacon. No?

"Deeper"

That one word. Deeper. I looked up the meaning of deep and it has a few different meanings: 

"extending far down from the top or surface. very intense or extreme. "

Some of the synonyms for the word deep include things such as rooted, deep-seated, fathomless, immersed. 

So, this year I want to go deeper with God. I want to go deeper in the Word and learn all I can. I want to be immersed in His spirit and light so that others see Him when they see me. I want to learn more than I ever thought possible and experience all God has for me this year. 

I want to be sure that every step I take is in His will and path, not my own. I pray that as I go deeper that He guides every step, every word out of my mouth, and every experience. 

I want to dive deeper into relationships I have with others so that He can shine through more than ever. 

So, I'm praying over this word and the path that God has for me this coming year. I'm excited to see what all God has in store for me and those around me. 

Do you have a word or theme for your year yet? What do you feel is the word for 2018? Share them in the comments below!

I want to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year as it rolls in! Be blessed!!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Conceive Easy Fertility Apps Information


Thank you Conceive Easy for posting today. If you have any questions about the information below, please head to this site to get more info. 
We’re in the 21st century, and there is pretty much an app for everything. There are apps for weight loss, for organizing, and for predicting lucky numbers on a given day! You name it, there is an app for it, guaranteed. That also means there are even apps for fertility which are helpful when you are trying to conceive!

The use of these apps can help you conceive easier and quicker. Some apps are free and some are not. However, since having a baby will cost you plenty of money, this is the first time you will invest when it comes to your future kids.

Listed below are the names of popular fertility apps that so many users have raved about since they were helpful as they help you answer the question, When do you ovulate?



Fertility Friend

Fertility Friend helps women observe and record fertility signs that are used to predict when ovulation is likely, and when it tells you after the fact when you can take a pregnancy test. Sometimes you don’t have wait to take a test while you are late.

Fertility Friend has been available for over 15 years online, and pioneered the concept of online fertility charting. Many women who have used this app claimed that it did help them with getting their timing right. Now Fertility Friend has gone mobile with an app.

The basic app is free, but the upgraded app is $45 a year, and it gives you premium membership. You have access to features such as an intercourse timing analyzer, as well as detailed analyses of your fertility signs which all point to a potential pregnancy. You also have access to message boards with this app if you invest in the premium part.

The basic app may give you the basics of when to try based on the length of your cycle, however it is worth upgrading to get the full benefits.



Kindara Fertility Tracker

Kindara is a free app that monitors basal body temperature, as well as cervical fluid to learn about hormone levels in your body. Therefore it will indicate the best time to have intercourse to get pregnant.

However, in order to get the full benefit of this app, you have to use a thermometer called Wink, which costs about $129 in conjunction with Kindara. Otherwise, it won’t be too helpful.



Clue TTC

Clue is a free app that works when you input your data into an algorithm that calculates,  and then predicts your own cycle.  In fact Clue promotes itself by stating, "The more you use it, the smarter it gets.” Therefore, it can predict when you ovulate based on your cycles the more you use it.

Clue not only collects a woman’s fertility signs, but collects data on her mood, and is even optimized for Apple Watch if that interests you.



Glow TTC

Glow’s purpose is to  pinpoint a woman's fertility cycle using personalized data in order to help them conceive quicker. 

Glow is actually brought to you by the co-founder of PayPal, Max Levchin. The nice thing about this app is that it engages men to take charge of their fertility. There is also new support just for them. 

What men do is log data about their health into the app. This can actually tell them if there are any issues about their health that can impede their sperm quality and count. Glow also has the ability to link the man’s data to his partner’s to produce a full picture of their fertility as a couple which makes this app unique.

Glow is free to use, however there is an option to donate towards fertility treatments for yourself if you don’t conceive in 10 months through the help of Glow. That makes this app pretty cool.



Period Tracker

Period Tracker removes all of the wondering you may have when to expect your next period, and therefore it makes it easier to figure out when you are most fertile. This app provides you data entry and tracking tools for you to use during your cycle. This app costs $1.99, and you can download it from iTunes.

Period Tracker has a cool feature that can export your period dates and notes that can be emailed to you for your doctor appointments.  All you have to do is hand him or her the information that Period Tracker exported and that will give the doctor all of the information needed.

No more going to the doctor and giving him a blank stare when he asked when your last menstrual period (LMP) was!



Conceivable

Conceivable was created by a fertility expert, and the app’s purpose is to look at any underlying factors that can affect your fertility.

It is expensive, as it costs $199 a month, but you get much more than a fertility tracker. Conceivable can give you 3 herbal remedies each month as they are focused on removing any blockages to your own fertility such as painful periods, weak cycles as well as irregular ovulation.



Ovia

Ovia incorporates several fertility and health indicators, such as sleeping and eating habits to predict ovulation. It claims it can help users have successful conception 3 times faster. Ovia’s Harvard-educated CEO developed the app's proprietary algorithms that was used to help his wife get pregnant successfully. 

Ovia is free but users can purchase a 99c upgrade that includes personalized data that can be exported to Excel.



Natural Cycles

Natural Cycles has an interesting ability that uses women’s unique temperature readings to determine whether or not she has ovulated, or when she will probably ovulate during her next cycle.

Through a unique algorithm, Natural Cycle has successfully predicted when users have ovulated, and has helped them conceive as a result. This company also indicates the times in your cycle that make her less likely to conceive, which pinpoints the small window of when pregnancy will be unlikely.

Therefore this is the only app that provides the timing when natural birth control is likely to be effective during a cycle. Natural Cycles is free for the first month. However, it is $6.90 per month and you can subscribe to it monthly or yearly.

There are more fertility apps around, however the ones mentioned and described above are the ones that users have raved about since they were helpful to them by helping them pinpoint their fertile times.